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In an emergency, experience matters Emergencies happen. And when they do, rest assured that you’ll get the best care close to home. Northside’s boardcertified emergency medicine physicians and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certified nurses are just right up the road. We hope we don’t have to see you, but if we do, you’ll be in the best possible hands. Visit us online at







Middle School Girls in an All-Boys World Page 14

Women In Business Pages 32-38

LIFESTYLE 18: Take the High Road 22: Latino Forsyth: Maria Fundora 24: Discipline: A Declining Character Trait 29: Mentor Me North Georgia

FORSYTH FOODIE 18: Grub Burger Bar 26: Review: All About Subs


MY BUSINESS 28: Housing: Is Affordability Even Possible? 30: Create a WIN-WIN-WIN Business Culture-Company

HEALTH & WELLNESS 39: Health News 40: Beautiful Geometry


42: The Dark Side of the Blue Light 44: Drugs, Donuts and Discounts

FAITH 52: The Right Connection

IN EVERY ISSUE 10: Forsyth County News 12: News Around Forsyth 20: Movie Review:

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From having physical therapists and certified athletic trainers who only work with kids to using Dartfish motion analysis to correct mechanics and prevent injuries, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta offers the specialized care needed to keep young football stars playing at the highest level. Whether it’s a torn ACL, a shoulder injury, or a concussion, the pediatric experts at Children’s will get your superstar back on the field as quickly and safely as possible.

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Larry Brown, is a retired journalist, Larry is a member of the Cumming-Forsyth Optimist Club and a mentor with Mentor Me North Georgia. A community volunteer and sought-out writer, he may be reached at

Ava Clavijo, age 12, is a student at Otwell Middle School. She enjoys trying new foods and restaurants. Ava may be reached at ava.

Rebecca Dumas is the owner and color consultant at Gregory’s Paint & Flooring. She may be reached at rebecca@

PUBLISHER Market Complete LLC 678.614.8583 BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT LouAnn Brownlee 404.242.6033 STAFF WRITERS Stephanie Busch Katielee Kaner

Susan Hart is the Business & Client Services Manager of the Forsyth County Family Haven, Inc. She may be reached at hart.

Rev. David Hill is a Cumming Resident and frequent guest preacher at Antioch Baptist Church. He may be reached at davidkhillhpm@

David J.R. Mason graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies with focus on Film Criticism and Director Studies from East Carolina University in 2008. He enjoys a wide range of films from classics to avant garde.

PRODUCTION INTERN Wendy Corona GRAPHIC DESIGN Samantha Angeli 770.310.4486 PHOTOGRAPHY Kim Bates 770.617.7595 • Adam Pendelton 678.208.077 •

Maria I. Morgan is an inspirational writer and speaker. She is the awardwinning author of Louie’s BIG day! She may be reached at

Narendra Singh, MD, FRCP(C), FACC, FAHA is the Director of Clinical Research, Atlanta Heart Specialists LLC, Atlanta, GA. He may be reached at or

Randall Toussaint is an economic developer in the Washington DC Metro area. He can be reached at randalltoussaint@

Hunter Moyer, MD is board certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery. He may be reached at 404.250.3393.

Christine Roberts is an author, speaker, consultant, and certified child advocate. She may be reached at christine@

Mira Sivan is a family practice optometrist with an emphasis on ocular disease, contact lenses fitting and pediatrics. She may be reached at 678-648-5185.

Annie Syfert is a senior Communications major at Azusa Pacific University in southern California. In her free time, she enjoys being with friends, attending concerts, writing, and plugging into the entertainment industry in any way possible. She may be reached at annie.

Bill York, age 90, is a WWII navy veteran. York is a writer with six novels in the Gwinnett Library System. He may be reached at


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Courage does not consist in never feeling fear, but rather in the ability to overcome it.

I am lucky to know a lot of great folks, and it seems I meet even more on a regular basis. I recently attended the University of North Georgia’s Startitup Conference, held at the Forsyth Conference Center. Startitup is an initiative of the Mike Cottrell College of Business at the University of North Georgia. Under the stellar guidance and leadership of Dr. Ruben Boling, Director of the college’s Center for the Future of North Georgia, the Startitup initiative is an idea place where students, faculty and community members interested in entrepreneurship can access resources, share ideas, support and learn from each other. The goal is simple: to start up something! Dr. Boling’s expertise, which I have been privileged to learn from over the years, include entrepreneurship, small business, strategic planning and development. With over 30 years of combined experience in business and academics, Dr. Boling has developed an expertise in the fields of strategy, entrepreneurship and management. And he is more than happy to share it with others while also putting together individuals who, like himself, wish to work together to help others, and each other. When presented with the opportunity to attend the conference I took it, and I’m glad I did. I met a dynamic group of students whose passion for learning is contagious and their eagerness to be productive members of our society is exemplary. I am a believer that the best of our society, in particular our youth and young adults, is overshadowed by those who are often showcased for poor, unacceptable behavior. I learned much from each speaker, but was most impressed by the key points made by two young men, both Georgia Tech graduates, who are following their dream and making their business a reality. Both men are sons of Nigerian immigrants. As they shared the stories of how their parents came to America, you could sense the pride in their heritage and their appreciation for what their parents went through to make it to their new home. The young men stressed on a few key areas of entrepreneurship, which I’ve listed below: • Entrepreneurship invites you to learn. Learn as you pretend to be and do something you may be learning as you go along. • Be stubborn. Grit is your #1 asset. Learn to love learning. • Force yourself to struggle. Demand better of yourself. • Keep going – the process is never-ending. Learn and keep moving forward. Obi Anachebe and Keith Osayande, developers and owners of FitGenie, reminded me of my grit; and, of my resolution, courage and toughness. Of the spirit that all entrepreneurs share – of following a dream and making our passion a reality. Even when adversity hits us head on, grit can carry us through. I know it has done so for me. I look forward to learning more from the men and women who are part of the Startitup initiative.

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South Forsyth High School German Teacher Guest Speaks at UGA-AATG Workshop South Forsyth High School’s Stefani Legall was a guest speaker at the Georgia Chapter Fall Conference of the American Association of Teachers of German at the University of Georgia. Ms. Legall shared information on Google G-Suite and Google Classroom and how to use these tools for classroom differentiating and enrichment. Over 30 professors from UGA, Georgia Technical Institute and Kennesaw State were in attendance. Also present were aspiring teachers in the UGA German Undergraduate and Graduate programs. This was Ms. Legall’s second invitation to be a presenter at the conference. South Forsyth High School could not be more pleased with the addition of Ms. Legall to the World Language Department as a German teacher. With over seven years of teaching experience and 22 years of coaching experience, For more information, and a previous “Teacher of the Year” for Oconee County, Stefani Legall brings exceptional quality please visit to the classroom and the SFHS volleyball team as an assistant coach. South Forsyth High School is SFHS. accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Forsyth County CASA

Appoints New Executive Director

Since 2005, Lori Pupp has been a staple of the Forsyth County CASA Program, where she served as Advocacy Case Manager and most recently as Advocacy Director. Ms. Pupp has recently accepted the position of Executive Director of the program. “Lori brings dependability and commitment to the Forsyth County CASA organization, as well as her strong ties to the community. She will further develop our solid base of volunteer advocates, community collaborations, and donor support,” noted Donna Kukarola, Chair of the Board of Directors. “We have high expectations of what Lori will accomplish; and we are excited to be able to appoint someone from within the CASA organization to this position.” “I am truly honored to have been selected for this position and look forward to continuing the work of our CASA program,” Lori explained. “The calm dedication of our staff and volunteers is exemplary and a guiding light as we continue working together to help the children who need a voice in court.” The mission of CASA of Forsyth County is to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children involved in Forsyth County Juvenile Court Dependency matters. Based on the belief that every child is entitled to a safe and supportive home, CASA works through trained volunteers in collaboration with key agencies, legal counsel, and community resources to serve as the child’s advocate in the Forsyth County Juvenile Court System. To learn more about CASA of Forsyth County or becoming a volunteer child advocate, please call (770)886-4082 or visit


Local Author Publishes Children’s Book Forsyth County residents Tracie Choates’ book, The Track Training Diary of a Not-SoFast Skinny Kid, is now available for sale. In this humorous story for middle grade boys, The Track Training Diary of a NotSo-Fast Skinny Kid, Jack Vandergriff soon finds out that he is not in the great shape that he prides himself on. In fact, he’s the worst. Also, he must deal with vivid acts of betrayal from his best friend; All of which his middle school classmates are privileged to witness in school events and neighborhood events. All while dealing with his little sister annoying him at home. He may have stretched the truth a little with his parents as to how well he is doing, but of course his sister knows the truth. The book is available for purchase at




You won’t see eighth grade students Maddie Franz, Isa Aguilar, Anna Halloran, or Haylee Dornan sitting in the stands this football season. You’ll see them on the field kicking for their respective Forsyth County middle school football teams. These girls have changed the game and are leading a trend of empowerment among young female athletes.


“ The four met playing soccer and quickly bonded through their passion for sports. That passion helped them to decide to challenge football norms and tryout for their middle school football teams. Determined to prove they could achieve anything they put their minds to, they are doing just that! Their time together is spent working hard, challenging each other and pursuing their dreams. They play to win, are fearless and full of hustle. Maddie Franz (#15) is kicking for South Forsyth Middle, Isa Aguilar (#31) and Anna Halloran (#29) are kicking for Vickery Middle (undefeated) and Haylee Dornan (#9) is kicking for Liberty Middle. Before their first scrimmages, the girls were asked questions such as, “you know you are going to get hit (tackled) right?” and “but what if you get hurt?” The boys on the team seemed a little skittish as the girls took the field for the first time. But, that didn’t shake the bold air of confidence that each girl wore along with their helmets and shoulder pads. These stellar athletes knew they would not disappoint as each got ready to kick their first field goals. The extraordinary support each of these players receives from their families, friends and coaches made all they went through to get to this point worthwhile. “I believe that all of the loving people in my life helped carry me the distance of where I stand today, athletically and mentally,” stated Isa. The girls’ biggest inspirations are their talented coaches, supportive families and

friends, along with the amazing community that has embraced their efforts on the football field. “We are held to higher expectations now. We are leaders who inspire to try our best, 110% of the time,” stated Maddie Franz. Their will and determination seems to have inspired other middle school girls to try out for the team next year. These girls opened a door that will make it easier for the girls who come behind them. Maddie, Isa, Anna and Haylee are not only multi-sport athletes, but they pursue other extra-curricular activities and always seem to find time for church and community service. They currently play on the top U15 team at the United Futbol Academy. Their involvement in sports has motivated them to excel in their school work and has helped shape their goals for personal growth. Looking

The accomplishments of these girls reminds us to never give up because anything is possible! “Your strongest muscle and your greatest enemy is your mind… so train it well!

forward, they have plans to try out for their local high school football teams next year! The accomplishments of these girls reminds us to never give up because anything is possible! “Your strongest muscle and your greatest enemy is your mind… so train it well!” Anna concluded. All three local middle schools have made it to the playoffs!

Both photos from left to right: Anna Halloran #29, Haylee Dornan #9, Maddie Franz #15, Isa Aguilar #31



By Rebecca Dumas

There is no question that adding hardwood flooring to your home adds value. The two main types of hardwood flooring available are: installed and finished on site, or pre-finished hardwood flooring. Site finished means that the actual hardwood flooring pieces/planks are nailed or glued, then the surface is sanded, stained, and finished with three coats of polyurethane. This can result in a beautiful finish, and is not so much of an issue when done in new construction when there are no inhabitants in the house. However, if you have this type of floor and you need to get it refinished or change the color and you are living in the house, it can be quite an ordeal. No matter how much a company boasts of a dustless system, there is dust from the sanding. I have had both types of hardwood in my personal home, and installed many types in the homes of clients over the years. The advancements in the manufacturing processes of pre-finished flooring has made it a superior choice for many reasons: 1) The amount of dirt and dust in the air from the installation is minimized. If you have persons with allergies or asthma in the home adding hardwoods can be a great option to alleviate dirt and fibers held in carpet. By going a step further and installing pre-finished hardwoods eliminates much of the dust, and keeps the amount of VOCs and fumes very low. 2) The factory finished, aluminum oxide coated pre-finished hardwoods are equal to 8+ coats of traditional polyurethanes used finished on site. Dust, dirt and other contaminates usually dry into the finish and stay there during the sanding and application of polyurethanes in the site finishing. These factory finishes have a much longer warranty on the finish, can be up to 50 years. 3) The installation process for pre-finished is minimal usually 1-2 days, and you can move furniture back in immediately. Whereas site finished requires a week or more, with multiple steps. You often must be out of the home for several days, during the staining process, and off the floor for several more days while it cures. All the furniture must be moved out into a garage or to another floor you can’t move it from room to room during finishing. 4) When adding a room of hardwood, it is often easier with the pre-finished material to match, and the entire floor does not have to be sanded and restained. Custom stain colors with site finished may not match again when adding or refinishing. 5) With engineered pre-finished flooring, expansion and contraction of wood is virtually non-existent. Solid hardwood needs to acclimate to the space for 5-7 days before installation to adjust to the homes environment. And with our extreme humidity in Georgia, you can be taking a risk by installing solid and wider (5”-8”) planked hardwood. The wider and solid wood planks tend to start “cupping”. This is where the hardwood planks expand and contract curling up on the sides making intentions in the individual planks. This cannot necessarily be sanded down to fix the problem as it will then leave gaps when it moves again. With the changes in our lifestyles over the last 10 years, along with our time constraints, desire to minimize stress and concern over chemicals in our environment, pre-finished hardwood is one of the ways to make the remodeling process easier. 16 MYFORSYTH.COM VOLUME VOL VI ISSUE 8


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The memory is vivid as if it were yesterday. Lisa Carlucci shared with me that she and Tony Romano (can you tell I’m from the Northeast?) had gone to “first base”. When she told me, she specifically asked me to keep it to myself. The next day, I happened to be in a situation where another classmate, Natalie, and I were together. We were talking and she asked me how Lisa and Tony were doing…I couldn’t help myself! Yes, I did it; I divulged Lisa’s secret. But of course, I let Natalie know that I was sharing in the utmost confidence and that she needed to keep this information to herself as well. What do you think happened? You guessed it. The next thing I knew, “everyone” at school was whispering about Lisa and Tony. Lisa’s reputation was irreversibly tainted and I lost a friend. I’ll never forget the look in her eyes when she confronted me; I still have a pit in my stomach for what I had done. Breeching a person’s trust is so painful for both parties. Have you ever had someone confide in you and you turned around and told someone else to either feel “in the know” or build yourself up? Now don’t get me wrong if someone wants you to keep a secret that will put themselves or someone else in harm’s way then you definitely get a pass. I’m talking about personal things that leave an individual vulnerable. Maybe you’ve confided in someone you thought had integrity and they betrayed you? Now that is blatant but there are also many times it’s just common sense to keep things to yourself. For example, a friend shares concerns around their marriage, their children, body image, finances or some other insecurity or challenge that they may be facing. Rather than discuss that with others, out of “concern”, keep it to yourself. “Do unto others as you would want done unto you.” It’s not always easy, is it? There are so many times I’m tempted to start a conversation with, “did you hear…?” But then I remember Lisa’s eyes and decide my integrity is more important. Here’s the question I ask myself and you may want to ask yourself: “Who do you want to be? How do you want to be thought of?” You probably have a Lisa in your past or maybe in your present? Do your best to take the high road when having the privilege of knowing others private matters.

Looking for the perfect, fresh, fast and casual burger joint? Well, I found one for you - Grub Burger at The Collection. It has an amazing atmosphere, modern and the perfect cross between a fast food and a sit-down restaurant. The food is amazing. They make their own buns fresh by the hour so you will never get a stale bun. Their burgers are big and juicy. Their brisket and chuck is ground fresh daily. I’ve tried the Little Boy Bleu burger that has bleu cheese, lettuce, tomato and caramelized onions. They also have burgers that don’t moo like turkey and chicken burgers, and they have tuna steak and salmon burgers. Believe it or not, they also have a chick pea burger; now that sounds delicious for vegetarians. Grub Burger also has a burger called the Market burger that they say will increase your Instagram followers. They also have a Mac ’n Cheese burger that I’ve heard is the best, and I believe it because I love Mac ’n Cheese and burgers and those two combined-wow! They also have awesome fries that are crispy, fresh and with just enough salt. The Harlem Chicken Tenders are a change from burgers and are inspired by a recipe originating in New York served with fries and Mississippi Comeback sauce that is so good. There is an amazing variety of salads like the Greek, Ahi Tuna, and Pesto Turkey Cobb all served with fresh baked bread. They also make all their dressing and sauces themselves. For dessert, you can get homemade milkshakes. I’ve gotten the ET Shake because I am a peanut butter fanatic, and the shake has Reese’s pieces and a peanut butter cookie on top with whipped cream and chocolate. I’ve also tried the Market Shake with cookies, cookie dough and vanilla. Its description is, “A party in your mouth” and that is exactly what it is. The people are very nice and friendly, and are very if you have any questions. The restaurant has a very homey feel and it appeals to all age groups. They believe in big fresh flavors delivered by caring people. They also are proud to support our community through their Profit-Sharing Program. You can stock up on their tees and hats on their web site GRUB BURGER BAR Now you know the best place to get 410 Peachtree Pkwy these amazing foods under one roof. Ste 4165 It is a perfect family restaurant that’s Cumming, GA 30041 all fresh and all good. Next time your 678-341-5689 craving a juicy burger and some fries you know where to go.

TAKE THE HIGH ROAD A lesson from 9th Grade


By Ava Clavijo



Imagine a film world where in the first few minutes of the hugely popular 1975 masterpiece Jaws the first victim Chrissy was able to survive that initial attack by the killer great white shark... now take that premise and expand on it for 80 minutes and you have 2016’s surprisingly tight thriller The Shallows. In what could have been yet another generic genre movie riffing on the runaway success of Jaws and the seemingly unstoppable phenomenon of the Sharknado series The Shallows rises above the tide. The premise is as basic as you can imagine. Girl goes surfing on a remote beach in Mexico alone, encounters a huge territorial shark, and struggles to stay alive throughout the course of the film. The dubious actions of the killer shark aside the pacing of The Shallows is tight and controlled to maximize the “will she make it out alive” fear factor a film like this needs in order to be affective. Just because the audience wants our one and only main character to survive doesn’t mean she will. A clever use of a found footage camera of the sharks attack and Nancy’s tearful farewell to her family works as a wraparound to build suspense. Screenwriter Anthony Jaswinski was smart enough to give Nancy an

unexpected companion in her fight for survival through Steven Seagull, a wounded seagull she was able to save and which allowed her to have a sounding board for her thoughts and actions. The seagulls will to live and “character” arc is surprisingly just as poignant as our heroines. I was on board with most of what transpires throughout the lean runtime of The My Shallows except the rating = last climatic battle


7 out of 10

where only one will swim out alive. I will let you watch to find out if its woman or beast. While I had no problem with the overall outcome it was the seemingly improbable, impossible, inevitable, insane (take your pick) final blow that may leave audiences scratching their head. This is definitely one of those suspense building shark films like 2010’s The Reef or 2003’s Open Water that live up to the “it’s the journey not the destination” type of storytelling. Blake Lively as an actress has unfortunately flown under the radar in most Hollywood circles. She was the lead of the successful TV show Gossip Girl for 6 seasons and had a star making turn in 2010’s The Town, luckily in The Shallows she carries the entire movie with grit and great aplomb. In what some argue could be an underwritten role Lively commands the screen with her ingenuity and will to survive in an impossible situation. And of course I am looking forward to Steven Seagull’s next big roll. The cinema-going world needed another great white shark attack movie to instill that fear of swimming in the ocean that Jaws succeeded in planting over 40 years ago. The Shallows is a worthy entry into that field, but keep in mind you are more likely to be hit by an asteroid than be eaten by a shark.



LATINO FORSYTH Maria Fundora With a distinct voice that’s always welcoming and happy, Maria Fundora, originally from Cuba, has been at the helm of one of Forsyth County’s culinary treasures for the past 19 years. Casa

Nuova Italian Restaurant has welcomed thousands of guests, many of whom continue to visit the restaurant and feel as if they are right at home. Maria and her husband, Antonio Fundora, also from Cuba, met in 1987. Each had experience in the restaurant business apart from each other. Once they married, the expertise was shared and in 1998 they opened the doors to their “casa.” “People come to the restaurant for various reasons – forget their problems, celebrate a special occasion, after a sad event, or simply to take a break,” explained Maria. “The reason doesn’t matter. What matters is that they feel special when they are here.” Joining the family business is the couple’s oldest son, Pepe. The Georgia Tech graduate is now the restaurant’s operations manager. Completing the Fundora family are daughter Cari and son Alex, who are currently pursuing their college degrees. Maria is an avid supporter of pancreatic cancer education and research efforts. As a founding member of Purple Pansies, a non-profit organization she cofounded, Maria has gathered many people and organizations to help raise funds for T-Gen, a pancreatic cancer research group, as well as the JCM Foundation.

Maria’s effervescence and true love for people is undeniable, as is her passion to serve others. Servers and staff at the restaurant know that their job includes making sure every person feels special and is taken care of with utmost respect and grace.

“My mother, Iluminada Milian, died of pancreatic cancer,” Maria reflected. “She is my inspiration and I miss her every day.” After retiring from AT&T, Maria’s mother worked at Casa Nuova until her death in 2007. Mrs. Milian liked to dole out happiness in two forms: servings of soup and verses of song. Every morning at the restaurant, she made soup from scratch - garbanzo bean soup, split pea soup, pasta Faggioli - a different one each day. For the kitchen staff, she sang the Cuban fold song “Guantanamera” while she chopped and diced. For customers, she offered a birthday serenade. “Purple Pansies began as a tribute to the memory of my beloved mother,” Maria explained. Since its inception, the fundraiser has raised over $450,000 for pancreatic cancer research. Maria’s effervescence and true love for people is undeniable, as is her passion to serve others. Servers and staff at the restaurant know that their job includes making sure every person feels special and is taken care of with utmost respect and grace. If you haven’t enjoyed a meal at Casa Nuova, don’t wait any longer. Get ready to meet “la familia” (the family) and enjoy a culinary treat. Many friendships have been made at Casa Nuova. It is, after all, a casa for all! Just ask Maria. 22 MYFORSYTH.COM VOLUME VI | ISSUE 8


Discipline transcends through generations. The parents who exercise control over their personal behavior find that their children are rarely A DECLINING CHARACTER TRAIT in trouble.


When living with my grandfather on the farm, good behavior was mandatory. Displaying a lack of cooperation assured a session in the woodshed where I learned about his expectations. After that a cooperative attitude became a habit. After having dinner, I had to ask to be excused from the table. Unfortunately, courtesy is a dying trait in this country. While still young my brother and I had chores; cleaning out stalls, beating dust from the carpets, weeding the garden, gathering eggs, slopping hogs and herding in the cows. My grandfather’s rules were basic. He said, “If you want to eat you have to work.” Discipline was vital for the farm to function. Discipline transcends through generations. The parents who exercise control over their personal behavior find that their children are rarely in trouble. They develop responsibly when they know that there are well-defined parameters beyond which they are not permitted.

WWII was in full swing so I enlisted in the US Navy, where in boot camp I learned more discipline. Discipline assures predictability. I applied Navy discipline when raising a family, assuring their lives would be as problemfree as possible. I weighed 180 lbs. when discharged from the Navy. Seventy years later, I still weigh 180 lbs. That is the result of applied discipline. The lack of regimentation erodes the foundation on which we depend for continuity. I thought saluting was neat. I saluted every person I met when on leave after boot camp; the bus driver, my grandfather, the neighbors. Saluting showed respect for authority, something in short supply today. America worries about undisciplined youths, some of whom grew up without the advantage of having a father; no fishing, no father/ child relationship, no tossing footballs, no bedtime hugs. A mother swatting her son during


the Baltimore riot showed the frustration of parents. The trouble began when parents could no longer punish pupils and teachers weren’t allowed to use paddles. Children need to learn precise boundaries for behavior. Acquaintances of the educators in the scandal want everyone to believe Beverly Hall was solely the cause. She was evidently a catalyst but when they knew students were being short-changed they should have refused to alter scores. They could (or should) have found other positions in education. It was the absence of discipline. We see youngsters running amok committing serious crime and eventually encountering the law which gives the culprits a record, making their future problematical. The discipline I received early in life was my barrier against temptation. If every child had lived with my grandfather, I strongly believe we would have fewer wayward youngsters today.




Do you ever struggle trying to decide what food to eat, or are you simply tired of eating the same food everyday? Luckily, in Forsyth County, there is an abundance of sub sandwich chains to choose from. On Market Place Boulevard alone, one can find a: Jimmy Johns, Lenny’s, Jersey Mike’s, and Firehouse. All of these places offer a variety of sandwiches – some even offer wraps, salads, and other non-sub items. Surely, everyone is familiar with Subway, but have you branched out to one of these other shops? Have you ever wondered what differences there are among the subs? ENVIRONMENT: My initial like or dislike about a place is usually decided within seconds upon entering the building. Cleanliness and a nice aesthetic set the tone for the meal I am about to order. Jimmy Johns, Lenny’s, Jersey Mike’s, and Firehouse subs all maintain tidy environments and a nice appearance from the lobby to the front line. Both Lenny’s and Jersey Mike’s decorate their shops with true American colors: red, white, and blue, whereas Jimmy Johns flaunts a modernized black and white feel. FireHouse subs, however, has a very specific theme. The business was founded by men inspired by firefighters who served within their family line. The interior for FireHouse subs mocks the men’s allegiance to firefighters. Inside the building, one will notice red and black coloring, firemen apparel, paintings, signs, and Dalmatian prints on the tables. PRICING: If you are like me, you want to get the cheapest available option that also satisfies your taste buds. If that is the case for you, I suggest trying out Jimmy Johns or Lenny’s. Sometimes, though, spending a little extra cash is undoubtedly worth it – as found at FireHouse and Jersey Mike’s. All of these options provide fresh meats and cheeses, so I guarantee that your choice will be worth every single dollar. Of these four sandwich shops, the cheapest regular priced sub can be found at Jimmy Johns.


Jimmy Johns offers 8” subs anywhere from $4.42 to $7.23 for twice the meat and cheese. Jersey Mike’s offers 8” subs ranging from $6.60 for a ham and cheese to $8.58 for an Italian sub, complete with 5 meats (a best-selling customer favorite!) Lenny’s 7.5” subs are applauded for being meaty, and range from $5.26 for a black bean veggie, to $7.39 for a roast beef and provolone sub. FireHouse offers their regular medium sized subs from $5.89 up. Each sub comes with a free dill pickle.

Depending on the sandwich ordered, and whether or not you buy a combo, your total can easily surpass $10. While $10 may seem a bit hefty for a sandwich, often times, the regular-sized sub is so loaded that it can be split into two meals. And, if not, go ahead and invest in a giant sub – ranging from 12” – 15”. WHAT THEY OFFER: • Veggies: Lenny’s, Jersey Mike’s, Jimmy John’s, FireHouse • Wraps: Lenny’s, Jersey Mike’s • Salads: Lenny’s, Jersey Mike’s (sub in a tub), FireHouse • Hot v. Cold subs: - Jimmy John’s specializes in cold subs only, and they are delicious. - FireHouse steams all their meat and cheeses, separating them from any other sub shop in town. - Jersey Mike’s offers both hot and cold subs, but they are renowned for their authentic Phillies. - Lenny’s sells deli subs, as well as grilled. WHAT SETS THEM APART: Lenny’s: • Sells hot dogs, delicious large cookies, and will deliver to your house with a $15 minimum purchase. • Sells their own potato chip line as well as popular brands. • Offers a lot of sandwich options that cannot be found at other places, such as the: chicken salad, chicken club, chicken teriyaki philly, and French dip. Jersey Mike’s: • Remarkably quick to serve sandwiches, all while engaging with their customers. Their motto, “A Sub Above,” is very reflective of their service. • Known for “Mike’s Way” – a quick way for a customer to tell the employee what he/she desires on his sandwich. Mike’s Way comes with onion, lettuce, tomato, vinegar, oil, oregano, and salt. Customers are free to add or detract from Mike’s Way, but the standard setting makes the ordering process more effective. Jimmy John’s: • Sells their homemade brand of chips called “Jimmy Chips”. The kettle chips come in: bbq, jalapeno, salt and vinegar, and thin. These are cooked in peanut oil, so be cautious if you have allergies. • Has a gargantuan sub, meant to “feed the hungriest of all humans.” This incredibly large sandwich is packed with genoa salami, smoked ham, capicola, roast beef, turkey, provolone, and whatever toppings your heart desires. FireHouse: • FireHouse offers both salads and subs for under 500 calories. • FireHouse has the Coca-Cola Freestyle machine in their stores, which offer over 120 drink options. The Cherry Lime-Aid drink is a FireHouse creation, and it is a must have. *All 4 of these options cater. Next lunch break, I highly suggest you take a moment to try one of the sandwich shops in town.


By Annie Syfert




Is Affordability Even Possible? By Randall Toussaint

The issue of housing affordability is emerging as a major topic in many communities. According to the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development a family with one full-time worker earning the minimum wage cannot afford the local fair-market rent for a two-bedroom apartment anywhere in the United States. Additionally, HUD estimates that 12 million U.S. renter and homeowner households now pay over 50% of their annual incomes for housing. Several communities are developing innovative solutions to address the issue of housing affordability. These strategies typically assist working professionals who cannot afford local rents or mortgages, but earn too much to qualify for low-income housing. Here are a few recent examples: The College Park Model Ranked among the top small college towns in the nation, the City of College Park is home to a dynamic housing market. However local

teachers and safety personnel struggle to afford the cost of purchasing a home in the community’s historic neighborhoods. In an effort to “improve the local economy, reduce commutes, and encourage more people to live near their place of employment” the City of College Park and the University of Maryland launched the CPCUP Homeownership Program. The program provides University and City employees with $15,000 in forgivable loans for closing costs and down payments. Additionally, the City of College Park offers an additional $5,000 to local police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians. Similar initiatives are being explored in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. The Hertford County Model North Carolina is home to the 4th lowest teacher salaries in the nation. Many teachers struggle to afford the cost of renting apartments near their schools. Local school officials in Hertford


HUD estimates that 12 million U.S. renter and homeowner households now pay over 50% of their annual incomes for housing.

County, North Carolina addressed this issue by building a 24-unit apartment building for teachers. The property was constructed with the support of the SECU Foundation and the Partners for Hertford County Public Schools Foundation. “Hertford Pointe creates a wonderful opportunity for Hertford County Public School teachers” stated Hertford County teacher Shannon Autry Peoples in a testimonial to the SECU Foundation. “Hertford Pointe helped me attain an affordable, high-quality home for my family and me. Not only are the apartments nice but it creates a wonderful opportunity to meet other teachers.” Similar construction projects are taking shape in Asheville, North Carolina; and Newark, New Jersey. Additional information about housing affordability trends can be accessed at the Office of Policy Development and Research.


By Karen Carroll There are many amazing non-profit organizations in Forsyth County that are making a difference in our community. Rarely do you get a peek “behind the

scenes” to know what that looks like. There are many moving parts in any given company and employees typically wear many different hats. Sylvia Cardona, our Executive Director can make magic happen on any given day. She has been instrumental in starting several programs within the organization including REACH, Kick It Up, and Music & Mentors. She is also coordinating all of the Mentors for the REACH2 scholarship program in Forsyth County. On any given day you could find Sylvia balancing a budget, leading a board meeting, running a club at school, or planning an event. She coordinates volunteer speakers, manages staff and applies for grants. Her job description consists of much less than what she actually accomplishes on a daily basis. As for me, I am the Program Manager and get the privilege of making the matches. I am responsible for interviewing the youth in the community, interviewing potential volunteers and what I like to call “making the magic happen” - finding the perfect Mentor for a child! After the match, I facilitate to make sure they feel supported. When I’m not making matches, I assist with clubs, work promotional events, coordinate social media and do volunteer outreach. Our success is thanks to all of the employees. Daniela, Jenny and Christie are all instrumental in Mentor Me’s accomplishments. Daniela runs REACH, Jenny manages the Kick It Up Clubs and Christie handles fundraising and donations. We have the distinct pleasure of changing children’s lives for the better, but we also see the other side. Many of our kids are living in impossible situations and their stories break our hearts. Our mission as an organization is to make positive changes in the lives of our youth. We want them to grow into productive citizens who we can be proud of. Remember, it only takes ONE person to change a life. Will you be that person? To volunteer, contact Karen at 678-341-8028 or




Last month, I shared the importance of developing a business plan to support the vision and mission of the organization. Once the business plan has been signed, sealed, and delivered, processes and systems need to be developed to support the plan. First, let’s define a system and a process. A system supports running the business. The business is, in actuality, a system. A system is what the organization does on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis. Systems include what you do to CREATE business, and what you do to RUN the business. Systems, depending on the type of business, include marketing, sales, operations, programs, accounting, etc. These are the core elements of the business. Systems are organized, purposeful, and consist of interrelated and interdependent parts. They are the functioning units of the business.

A process supports the systems. A process is a procedure or event with the purpose of reaching a certain outcome. Processes must be developed to sustain a system. Think of the steps, or processes, that are taken to support the systems in order for them to work. As an example, if you consider marketing, there are events and certain actions that are developed and taken to actually “market” the business. In that process, social media, advertising, direct marketing, partnerships, sponsorships, etc. are steps, or systems, that make the effort work efficiently. In order for a business to be highly successful, a systems-thinking philosophy must be apparent. This means that every manager and/or leader understand and embrace how one aspect of the business influences the business as a whole, and communicates this, as appropriate, to all staff members. If this is accomplished, then the


guess-work is taken out of producing consistent, high quality, profitable results. Systems and processes, when in place, make the hiring, training, and retaining of co-workers much more successful. Customers are more satisfied, the workplace becomes less reactive and more proactive, and profits increase. Note: it is important to always adjust, as technology, work force, demographics, and other factors change. Always be forward thinking, and don’t get locked in to “how we have always done things”. Every organization is different, and must identify the processes and systems necessary to create a WIN-WIN-WIN culture. Once this is accomplished, the company will be recognized as a fun and exciting place to work (co-workers), gaining more market share by successfully getting and keeping customers (customers), and earning higher profits (company).

Lauren Mullinax Frame


In the quest for health and fitness, women are offered a variety of options, from fitness centers to yoga studios. Heralded as the intelligent exercise, pure barre is the fastest, most effective and safest way to change your body.

“Using the ballet barre, we perform small isometric movements set to fun music. The entire body is worked – from lifting your seat to toning your abs, arms and thighs, every part of your body gets attention, and you’ll burn fat also, all in a 55-minute workout,” explained Lauren Mullinax Frame, owner of Pure Barre in Cumming. Born and raised in Cumming, GA, Lauren is on a mission to promote health and wellness in her beloved hometown. She first found the magic of Pure Barre while visiting a friend in Charleston, SC in early 2011, and realized that she could bring this healthy program to Cumming. The Pure Barre system is designed to work for people of all levels of fitness. A variety of class times and instructors provide great options for your schedule, rather than being forced to work out at a specific time based on the level of class. Lauren knew she wanted to be a part of her client’s amazing journey into health and fitness and knew pure barre was the perfect fit. Lauren is actively involved with the Forsyth County community, and continues to spread the knowledge and technique of Pure Barre throughout the greater North Atlanta area. A graduate from the University of Mississippi with a degree in Business Management and Human Resources. “There are many positions and movements to challenge your body-it’s the intensity you use that will make the difference!” Frame explained. Lauren brings a strong education and professional background to this growing business and brand. Her favorite part of life is being with those she loves most: her husband, family, the pure barre family, friends, and her very handsome labrador Max. Classes are available daily and start as early as 5:30 am on weekdays. A schedule is available online at

Experience, Passion and Commitment to Excellence

At the helm of Georgia Tree Company are two dynamic women – Mary Guaracino and Sarah Guaracino. The pair also owns and operates Duffy Roofing. After 40 years in nursing, Mary retired from a Chief Nursing Officer position, and relocated to Georgia to be closer to her youngest son, Joe, and his family. “I spent my life helping others and enjoyed every minute of it! I knew I wanted to do something more,” Mary explained. “I started Georgia Tree Company because I saw a great need in our area for a tree service company. I wanted to give the community quality work at a fair price and 5-star service!” Mary had the misfortune to spend over $10,000 when trying to repair a septic system/field. “This happened after I moved to Georgia in 2012. I was ripped off by three different contractors and still to this day have trouble with the system. I wanted to provide something better!” And so Georgia Tree Company was born. Sarah, Mary’s daughter-in-law is her business partner. Along with Joe, who works as the company’s Operations Manager, the trio is dedicated to providing exceptional service to its clients. “Joe’s experience as an insurance adjuster who previously operated a law firm that advocated for homeowners and business owners after hurricane Wilma,” Mary explained, “added tremendous foresight in handling insurance claims. In the past, Joe facilitated the recovery of more than 40 million dollars for storm victims, who were underpaid by insurance companies.” Working with her family is invaluable to Mary. “We get along great and have a lot of positive energy together. Sarah is raising four beautiful children, yet she decided to help me get Georgia Tree off the ground. Sarah is an entrepreneur who successfully purchased, updated and managed a portfolio of more than 100 residential properties.

We started Georgia Tree in her basement!” recalled Mary with a proud smile. Georgia Tree Company has 5-star ratings with Kudzu, Facebook, Better Business Bureau, and Home Advisor and Super Service Awards with Angie’s List. “It all goes back to our basic Christian beliefs, “Do unto Others”. Our customers love our Project Managers, our crews, and the quality service we provide,” added Mary. But their story doesn’t stop with Georgia Tree Company. “After providing countless support to customers stricken with fallen trees on their homes, walking them through insurance claims and helping put their homes back together, we decided to start a branch of the fourth generation roofing company in Georgia. My grandfather started Duffy Roofing in 1921, my father dedicated his life to the family business while raising eight children, and one of my brother’s still runs the company in Philadelphia, Pa. Thus Duffy Roofing and Restoration was formed in Georgia,” added Mary. Following in the Mary Guaracino & footsteps of Georgia Tree Sarah Guaracino, Company, Duffy Roofing Owners of Georgia Tree Company has provided the same quality work, with fair market value pricing and great customer satisfaction – and Mary makes sure that remains at the forefront of all their family-owned and operated companies do. Georgia Tree Company

Duffy Roofing


Ready. Set. Play!

Parties are better with games. And inflatables. And bounce houses. And Better Moonwalks of Georgia. “We are the party planning resource for North Metro Atlanta,” stated Jyll Jordan, owner and operator of Better Moonwalks of Georgia. Located in Cumming, the company offers a wide range of quality equipment for birthday parties, school and church carnivals, grand openings and special events. “There’s no age limit to having fun,” Jordan added. “I give personal service to each and every customer. While many companies have gone to on-line booking, I believe that my customer will be happier if they speak to someone who will ask all the right questions, and make recommendations based on the customer’s real needs,” explained Jordan. “Because I have over 23 years of experience in event planning and the hospitality industry, I am able to anticipate most of the challenges that could befall an event.” Jordan ensures that all of the equipment is clean, sanitized, and operates properly. “Everything that leaves our shop does so in excellent condition; I make sure of that!” Jordan added. There’s a wide range of inflatable and


party items to choose from, and Jordan is always willing to lend her expertise when choosing the right item for a specific event. “My experience solidifies my drive for great service!” added Jordan. “There’s no age limit to having fun,” Jordan added. “Some of our happiest customers are adults. When they let their ‘inner child’ out to play, we have just the right thing for them.” With names like Crayola 5N1 Combo, Beagle Belly Bouncer Combo, Wacky Chaos, and New Wave Slip ‘N Slide, you know there’s something for everyone to enjoy. “We have so many items to choose from; I am happy to explain the difference between every inflatable we offer,” Jordan explained. “I was recently asked about Jyll Jordan, owner outdoor parties during the and operator of Better winter,” Jordan mentioned. “My Moonwalks of Georgia. answer was simple – we live in Georgia! Our temperatures are mild and winter is a great time to enjoy inflatables.” With the wide range of inflatables offered by Better Moonwalks of Georgia, the possibilities for outdoor fun yearround are endless. “My slogan is ‘Service With a Smile and a Bounce,’ because I want each customer to feel like they made a friend when they called me,” Jordan concluded. Better Moonwalks of Georgia or | 770-844-9978

Caliber Transportation:


When Cheryl Kearney decided to start her own business, she did extensive research regarding services that were needed in the area.

Realizing the need for affordable non-emergency transportation to medical facilities, including wheelchair, stretchers, Kearney decided to open Caliber Patient Care of Forsyth Gwinnett. Caliber services Forsyth, Gwinnett, Hall, Cherokee and all of the northern surrounding counties. The 2015 Leadership Forsyth graduate, Kearney is no stranger to business. She has 30 plus years of professional experience that include positions with Fortune 100 companies. Along with husband, Victor, Kearney has been at the helm of ABW Solutions, LLC, a multi-faceted company, which is the parent company of Caliber Patient Care of Forsyth Gwinnett. Kearney holds a BSBA in Marketing from the University of Arkansas, an MBA in Finance from St. Louis University, and she holds a Project Management Professional Certification. She is very active in the community, serving on several boards and volunteering her time and services to many individuals. She is a mentor to many young professional women.

Caliber Patient Care of Forsyth Gwinnett provides quality patient transports including trips to doctor’s appointments, dialysis, physical therapy, chemotherapy and hospital discharges and other special transport needs,” Kearney explained. “Our transport technicians are specially trained professionals certified in CPR, First Aid, and Defensive Driving. Our services are specifically designed for the physically challenged with our ramp converted wheelchair accessible vehicles,” Kearney added. We offer non-medical necessity stretcher transportation at a fraction of the typical cost. This service is for a person whose physical impairments render it impractical to use regular common carrier and who does not require provision of medical attention prior to or during transport”. We remain with the patient until they are under the care of those at the desired destination. All of the services come with an above standard “Bedside-to-Doctorside” level of care. “We are proud of our superb on-time service rating and new comfortable ADA compliant wheelchair and stretcher vans,” Kearney stated. One special service that Caliber offers is transportation for family events, dinners or special occasion outings. Caliber Cheryl Kearney, Owner Caliber Patient Care of Forsyth Gwinnett is already Patient Care. booking transportation service reservations for holiday events such as these. “It is so fulfilling to bring a family member who is wheelchair bound to Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. Our service provides the opportunity for everyone to enjoy the holidays or special events together,” said Kearney. “This is why I love my work and those we serve,” added Kearney. Caliber Transportation

404.906.4647 • www.


“Our skilled workroom will fabricate your treatment with high-quality materials and install the final product, saving any frustrations,” Carol added. Whether traditional, modern or eccentric, Carol is ready to work to serve their client’s specific needs. “Our clients vary from new home owners to those who are simply looking to update the look of an existing room in their home,” Carol explained. Creative Windows By Carol specializes in custom window covering, curtains, draperies, bedding and furnishing. With more than 30 years of experience, they can assist with any project.

Carol Low,

owner Creative Windows By Carol.

A World of Creativity

Adding the finishing has been the driving force behind Carol Low. Since 2005, Creative Windows By Carol has been providing services to clients wanting to enhance the interior of their home or office. Her expertise is invaluable and her passion to provide her clients with their dream come true is her #1 goal. “I truly enjoy working with my clients to meet their needs and exceed their expectations,” explained Carol. “I am proud to say our designer fabrics, trimmings and beautiful hardware will help to transform your home. We will assist from fabric selection to the custom design that complements your space. Being an expert when it comes to challenging windows, we are ready for any project.”


Creative Windows By Carol 4820 Atlanta Highway 9 N • Alpharetta, GA 30004 (770) 753-0977 •


There’s more to Alisa Tanner than a famous last name. Her father, Rick Tanner, of Tanner’s Rotisserie Chicken fame, definitely led the way for Alisa’s interest in the hospitality industry. “I tell people I came out of my mom’s womb selling chicken fingers. I started working at my dad’s restaurant when I was ten years old as a hostess. From there I worked my way up to general manager fulfilling almost all positions in the restaurant,” Alisa recalled with a contagious smile. As the general manager of Rick Tanner’s Bar & Grille located at Vickery Village, Alisa oversees the day-to-day operations of the popular neighborhood restaurant and the adjoining taproom. “One of the best parts of my day is that I get to go into work and see my dad and brother,” Alisa stated. “I really enjoy people and am rewarded every

time I see a family enjoy their time at Tanner’s; it reminds me of my own time eating chicken fingers with my dad and brother!” The Georgia State University J. Mack Robinson School of Business graduate is always creating new menu items to feature as part of the awardwinning Sunday Brunch. “I have fun developing new combinations and actually taste them at home first; I want to make sure the taste is good,” she added. “I’m not Alisa Tanner , General Manager of Rick a chef, but I do enjoy combining Tanner’s Bar & Grille ingredients. The possibilities are so many – why stop at one?” Over the years the soon-to-be 26 year old has learned a lot about the restaurant business “One of the most important lessons I have learned is to never stop believing in yourself,” Alisa stated. When working with employees, Alisa leads by example. Together they work to create a comfortable, fun and unique dining experience to all who enter the restaurant. “There’s something to be learned every day, and I strive to do so,” added Tanner. Rick Tanner’s Bar & Grille

770.205.5512 •


HEALTHY MOUTHS, HEALTHY SMILES! “Prevention of disease is our goal!”

That’s clear the moment you talk with Dr. Iryna Yelisetty, owner of Sharon Springs Dental. Her philosophy is built on a simple concept: a natural approach to mouth-body connection to better achieve positive results when caring for her patients’ teeth. Dr. Yelisetty is a graduate of the University of Alabama, where she earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree. She also earned a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences and Chemistry. “While regular cleanings are very important, so is looking at the whole body. Oral health is complete when promoting a healthy mouth and supporting a body’s inherent healing capacity. We screen for high blood pressure and educate our patients about how systemic diseases affect their mouth and vice versa,” Dr. Yelisetty explained. “We also educate our patients about what habits and food choices can improve their oral health,” she added. “With our intraoral camera our patients can see their teeth just as I see them, literally!” Healthy and environment conscious choices are in place when purchasing filling materials, crown cements, and other supplies. “Our fluoride is gluten free, fillings are BPA free and we do not have any latex products in the office,” Dr. Yelisetty Dr. Iryna Yelisetty, explained. With their Owner of Sharon newest X-ray equipment, Springs Dental. the patient is exposed to the minimum radiation available on the market. Dr. Yelisetty looks at the entire mouth – the alignment of the chewing system – teeth, jaw joints and supporting muscles. A chewing system that is out of balance, she explained, can cause several problems, including broken teeth, grinding and other oral health issues. Oral health does not exist independently of the rest of your body, and vice versa. Dr. Yelisetty strives to make a difference in people’s lives by helping them achieve a beautiful and healthy smile. She is dedicated to providing the highest quality dental care in a pleasant, relaxing and family environment. SHARON SPRINGS DENTAL 1475 Peachtree Pkwy Suite C-3 • Cumming, Ga, 30041 470.253.1747 |





Heart and Vascular Care, Inc. recently celebrated the grand opening of their new office located at 3970 Deputy Bill Cantrell Memorial Rd, Suite 100, in Cumming. During the event, Dr. Kakkar was joined by founding partner Dr. Vikram Kheptal, who started the practice in 2007. In 2010, Dr. Scott Beach joined the group, followed by Dr. Mehul Bhatt in 2011. Dr. Eric Nelson, Dr. Dana Eilen and three mid-level providers complete the team of physicians and mid-level providers serving patients at HVC’s eight locations. “The physicians at Heart and Vascular Care are committed to providing the highest level of cardiovascular care to our patients. Our primary interest is the needs and health of our patients,” explained Dr. Kakkar. “Our team also performs endovascular procedures to treat peripheral artery and vein disease. These procedures prevent amputations, diminish leg pain, and improve quality of life. We offer minimally invasive procedure to treat both the arteries (vessels that carry blood away from heart) and veins (vessels that carry blood towards the heart) of the legs.” The physicians and healthcare providers at HVC serve as leaders in the Atlanta cardiology community and have received recognition as Atlanta Magazine’s Top Doctor, the Patients’ Choice Award for Georgia’s Favorite Physician, and America’s Most Compassionate Doctors. For more information about Heart and Vascular Care, Inc. visit Appointments can be made by calling 678-513-2273.


Dr. Don Rowe, a board-certified cardiologist with Atlanta Heart Specialist (AHS), is pleased to announce that he is now accepting patients at both Cumming and Johns Creek AHS’s locations. “I am very excited to be back in Forsyth County and look forward to working alongside my colleagues at Atlanta Heart Specialists,” stated Dr. Rowe. Dr. Rowe is accepting new patients and may be reached at 678-679-6800(Cumming) or Johns Creek at 770-622-1622. Services offered by Dr. Rowe and Atlanta Heart Specialists include cardiology services, state-of-theart prevention, consultation, diagnostic and treatment services.




Did you know the ideal lower lip is 1.6 times fuller than the upper? The Golden ratio, also known as the divine proportion, is a mathematic formula that makes its way into art, nature and more recently the science behind beauty. The ratio is 1.618 to 1, and it defines the base to height dimensions of the “ideal” rectangle (as in the columns of the Parthenon by no coincidence). The same number also describes the golden spiral (Fibonaci Numbers) that illustrate naturally occurring flower patterns, mollusk shells and even galaxy rotations. Like π, this number is ubiquitous in nature, and several researchers have examined its’ relationship to our perception of beauty. Humans are drawn to beauty; however, we have difficulty defining exactly why we think a face is alluring. In addition, we often find many people attractive despite clear differences

in features. Is there a common denominator to all those gorgeous faces that our subconscious recognizes? Although there is no perfect face, several research studies have defined ideal ratios of facial features that people repeatedly rate as attractive (to be fair, some studies argue against these findings). Plastic surgeons use subjective and objective measurements to help determine beauty in a face. Objectively, the ideal face should have equal, one-third proportions of the forehead, the midface and the lower face (bottom of the nose-to-chin). Other proportions matter; however, most agree that the eyes, nose and lip dimensions of a female face matter most. Interestingly, the ideal eye height-to-forehead height ratio and eye width-to-nasal bridge width is 1.6. The “perfect” nasal projection-tolength proportion is between 1.5 and 1.6. The


ideal lip dimensions include a lower lip-to-chin height that is 1.6 times the upper lip-to-nose distance with an upper lip demonstrating divine proportion of the Cupid’s bow. The Golden spiral, a logarithmic coil defined by 1.6, can be drawn repeatedly on the face to fit eyes to facial width to midface height, etc. (an example shown in the photo above). Beauty is clearly in the eye of the beholder; however, populations generally agree on beautiful faces. As plastic surgeons, our goal is to naturally fill, lift or remove while heeding the divine proportions of your face. So the next time you look at a selfie, glance past the wrinkles and examine lengths, widths and ratios (as if we need another thing to scrutinize).


The Dark Side of the Blue Light By Mira Sivan, DO

While light helps with vision acuity, contrast, color vision, and help regulate our sleep/wake cycle, it has a dark side as well. Let me explain: Sunlight contains UV and blue light. The UV is non-visible and can cause damage to the cornea and lens (cataract), wrinkling, and even melanoma. That’s why it is important to use sunglasses and sunscreen. At the same time, we need to remember that we don’t stare at the sun; however, we do stare at the computer, phone and other devises many hours during the day. Blue light is visible and can cause damage to the retina and particularly the macula (causing macular degeneration). Interestingly, not only does the sun create blue light; all digital devices and modern lighting such as LED lights and CFLs emit a high level of blue light. If you’re reading this on a flat screen device, I hope you have glasses on with blue light shield, if not make sure you mention this to your eye doctor on your next visit. Your eyes will thank you for protecting them from the effects of UV and blue light. As eye care professionals, we are here to keep an eye on you!

If you’re reading this on a flat screen device, I hope you have glasses on with blue light shield, if not make sure you mention this to your eye doctor on your next visit. Your eyes will thank you for protecting them from the effects of UV and blue light.




DRUGS, DONUTS & DISCOUNTS Lately, not a week goes by without hearing another story about the rising costs of prescription drugs. From the deplorable price gouging of companies like Mylan on life saving meds such as the EpiPen to the nearly unaffordable $100,000 Hepatitis C cure - Harvoni by Gilead, prescription drugs are becoming increasingly unaffordable for many Americans. Many factors contribute to these costs. Pharmaceuticals have played a vital role in improving the health of patients worldwide (full disclosure – I work extensively with industry as a researcher, advisor and a speaker). In cardiology, we are blessed with many life saving compounds we can offer our patients. Without a doubt, the development of new drugs is an expensive endeavor and the majority of the research funding comes from industry and not the public sector.

Companies then appropriately seek a return on their investment. What seems unfair is that the American public is made to pay for the worldwide profits these companies seek. The same drug in the US is often sold for half the price in Canada or a tenth of the cost in India! Medicare is the largest purchaser of drugs in the world yet unlike other countries our government does not negotiate price discounts. This needs to change. To complicate matters Medicare prescription plans have a coverage gap often referred to as the “donut hole”. In 2016 this starts after the first $3310 of drug cost. That coverage gap ends once your total drug costs reaches the $4850 out of pocket maximum. In between, you are responsible for 45% of brand name drug and 58% of generic drug costs. By 2020 those costs with be down to 25% for both brand name and generic drugs.


In the interim there are steps you can take to keep your drug costs down: 1. Review with your health provider what each drug you are taking does and ask if you still really need it or if an alternative drug is available. 2. Brand name drugs are often superior to generic drugs but ask what the difference is both in terms of cost and benefit and then decide if it is worth it for you. 3. Generic drugs also have their limitations (please see my previous article on generics). Pharmacies and physicians are often pressured to prescribe generics. Make sure you are aware of all the options before accepting a generic. 4. Shop around for drugs. Costs vary between pharmacies. Some drugs are even offered for free. Many apps and website help you identify lowest cost (GoodRx) but be careful of fraudulent international pharmacies. 5. For branded drugs ask for samples and discount cards. Many offer the first 30 days free so it allows you to assess tolerability before paying for the prescription. Samples however should not be used long term or through the coverage gap. 6. If you have a choice in your medical insurance plan review the drug coverage closely. Many have a high deductible on drugs that is separate from the health care deductible. Until that deductible is met you will be paying 100% of the drug costs. 7. Visit the drug company websites. Many offer discount coupons or other savings cards. 8. If you earn a low income, apply for patient assistance through the drug manufacturers and also through secondary insurance, Medicare and Medicaid plans. 9. Request 90 day supplies rather than 30 days to reduce dispensing fee costs. 10. Finally focus on a healthy lifestyle – your mood will improve, your immune system will strengthen, your sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure will come down…as will your pill count!


Clinical Assistant Professor – Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University Director, Clinical Research, Atlanta Heart Specialists LLC, Atlanta, GA




YOUR AGE, LIFESTYLE AND FAMILY PLAY ROLE IN PREVENTION There’s no magic formula that predicts who will be diagnosed with breast cancer and no one is absolutely not at risk for breast cancer. Breast cancer is typically most treatable when it is detected at earlier stages, so breast screening is a very important part of a woman’s health care plan. Most people don’t know that about 80 percent of people diagnosed with breast cancer do not have a relative who had the disease. That’s why it’s so important to get yearly check-ups and mammograms for anyone over the age of 40.

Two easy ways to reduce your risk for breast cancer • Eat healthy • Stay fit Because breast cancer has been associated with obesity, watching your diet and exercising are great lifestyle changes anyone can make (and they have benefits for other aspects of women’s health as well!)

Family History

Age is an important risk factor

If a woman does have a family history of breast cancer, her risk may be increased so she has several options to learn more. Genetic counseling and testing can help women understand how their family history impacts their odds of developing breast cancer and learn about options for increased screening or even surgery to reduce their risk. A simple blood or saliva test can determine if a person carries a mutation in a gene that increases the chance of developing breast, or other cancers. The most well-known examples are the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes; however additional breast cancer genes have been discovered as well. A harmful genetic mutation can be inherited from a mother or father. Each child of a parent who carries a mutation in one of these genes has a 50 percent chance (or 1 in 2) of also inheriting the mutation. Therefore, genetic testing is not just information for one person, but a whole family. Anyone considering testing should first speak with their doctor who can refer them to a genetic counselor, so all of the implications of testing can be discussed.

The time for average risk women to begin having yearly mammograms is age 40, but some doctors recommend beginning earlier depending on certain factors, like family history.


Although mammograms don’t prevent breast cancer, statistics show that by screening for breast cancers and detecting them at the earliest possible point, they can lower the risk of a woman dying of breast cancer by 35 percent in women over the age of 50.

For more information about mammograms, genetic counseling, or breast cancer, visit


13th Annual Christmas Arts & Crafts Festival at the Forsyth Conference Center

Founded in 1974, the Sawnee Arts Alliance (SAA) has served the Forsyth County community as a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. The organization is dedicated to providing a rich, visual arts experience for Cumming and Forsyth County residents by organizing shows and exhibits throughout the year. In March of this year, the SAA opened the Sawnee Arts Center-a gallery, gift shop and a studio for art classes. Its members include painters in oil,


water color, acrylic, and other media; potters, wood turners, 3D artists, photographers, fiber arts as well as community art advocates. The group is currently preparing for the 13th Annual Christmas Arts & Crafts Festival at the Forsyth Conference Center. The Christmas Arts & Crafts Festival is the largest indoor/outdoor arts and crafts festival in Forsyth County, with over 100 vendors. Children will have the opportunity to play in two Moonwalks (weather permitting) and shop for gifts in the Elf Corner, a special shop just for kids were Elves will help them choose gifts for friends and family, gift wrapping included. Parents can capture their children’s special visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus using their own cameras for a small donation. Food Trucks and Kettle Corn will be available outside, along with over ten non-profit organizations that SAA is hosting as part of their community outreach program. This juried festival will feature original, handcrafted works by professional artisans and craftsmen in the following mediums: painting, drawing, photography, mixed media, pottery, wood working, glass, fiber and food. Visit for more information about the festival and SAA membership opportunities.




Midway Elementary 4805 Atlanta Highway 770.475.6670 Principal: Todd Smith

North Forsyth Middle 3645 Coal Mountain Drive 770.889.0743 Principal: Jeff Hunt

Brandywine Elementary 15 Martin Dr. Alpharetta Todd Smith

Sawnee Elementary 1616 Canton Highway 770.887.6161 Principal: Eileen Nix

Otwell Middle 605 Tribble Gap Road 770.887.5248 Principal: Steve Miller

Brookwood Elementary 2980 Vaughan Drive 678.965.5060 Principal: Kathie Braswell kbraswell@forsyth.k12,

Settles Bridge Elementary 600 James Burgess Road 770.887.1883 Principal: Saran VonEsh

Chattahoochee Elementary 2800 Holtzclaw Road 770.781.2240 Principal: Barbara Vella

Sharon Elementary 3595 Old Atlanta Road 770.888.7511 Principal: Amy Bartlett

Big Creek Elementary 1994 Peachtree Parkway 770.887.4584 Principal: Laura Webb

Chestatee Elementary 6945 Keith Bridge Road 770.887.2341 Principal: Polly Tennies Coal Mountain Elementary 3455 Coal Mountain Drive 770.887.7705 Principal: Kimberly Davis Cumming Elementary 540 Dahlonega Street 770.887.7749 Principal: Lee Ann Rica Daves Creek Elementary 3740 Melody Mizer Lane 770.888.1223 Principal: Eric Ashton Haw Creek Elementary 2555 Echols Road 678.965.5070 Principal: June Tribble Johns Creek Elementary 6205 Old Atlanta Road 678.965.5041 Principal: Alyssa Degliumberto Kelly Mill Elementary 1180 Chamblee Gap Road 678.965.4953 Principal: Ron McAlliste Mashburn Elementary 3777 Samples Road 770.889.1630 Principal: Tracey Smith Matt Elementary 7455 Wallace Tatum Road 678.455.4500 Principal: Charlley Stalder

Shiloh Point Elementary 8145 Majors Road 678.341.6481 Principal: Derrick Hershey Sliver City Elementary 6200 Dahlonega Highway 678.965.5020 Principal: Paige Andrews Vickery Creek Elementary 6280 Post Road 770.346.0040 Principal: Kristan Riedinger Whitlow Elementary 3655 Castleberry Road 678.965.5090 Principal: Dr. Lynne Castleberry

MIDDLE SCHOOLS DeSana Middle School 625 James Road, Alpharetta Principal: Terry North Lakeside Middle 2565 Echols Road 678.965.5080 Principal: Kim Head Liberty Middle 7465 Wallace Tatum Road 770.781.4889 Principal: Cheryl Riddle Little Mill Middle 6800 Little Mill Road 678.965.5000 Principal: Connie McCrary


Piney Grove Middle 8135 Majors Road 678.965.5010 Principal: Pamela Payerski Riverwatch Middle 610 James Burgess Road 678.455.7311 Principal: Kathy Carpenter South Forsyth Middle 4670 Windermere Parkway Cumming, GA 30041 Principal: Sandy Tinsley Vickery Creek Middle 6240 Post Road 770.667.2580 Principal: Drew Hayes

HIGH SCHOOLS Forsyth Central High 520 Tribble Gap Road 770.887.8151 Principal: Mitch Young

PRIVATE SCHOOLS Cornerstone Schools 4888 Browns Bridge Road 770.205.8202 Head of School: Angela Martin Covenant Christian Academy 6905 Post Road 770.674.2990 Headmaster: Jonathan Arnold Fideles Christian School 1390 Weber Industrial Drive 770.888.6705 Directors: Jonny and Ellen Whisenant Friendship Christian School 3160 Old Atlanta Road 678.845.0418 Head of School: Dr. Rick Johnson Elementary Principal: Dianne Gormley Horizon Christian Academy (K-6) 2160 Freedom Parkway (7-12) 433 Canton Road 678.947.3583, 678.947.0711 Headmaster: Heather Marshall Ivy League Montessori School 1791 Kelly Mill Road 770.781.5586 School Director: Becky Carty

Lambert High School 805 Nichols Road 678.965.5050 Principal: Dr. Gary Davison

McGinnis Woods Country Day School 5380 Faircroft Drive 770-664-7764 Principal: Mary Johnson

North Forsyth High 3635 Coal Mountain Drive 770.781.6637 Principal: Jeff Cheney

Montessori Academy at Sharon Springs 2830 Old Atlanta Road 770.205.6277

South Forsyth High 585 Peachtree Parkway 770.781.2264 Principal: Laura Wilson

Montessori at Vickery 6285 Post Road 770.777.9131

West Forsyth High 4155 Drew Road 770.888.3470 Principal: Heather Gordy Forsyth Academy Forsyth Academy at Night 770.781.3141 Gateway Academy 770.781.2299 iAchieve Virtual Academy 678.965.4970

Montessori Kids Academy 3034 Old Atlanta Road 678.208.0774 School Admin., Maureen Danbury Pinecrest Academy 955 Peachtree Parkway 770.888.4477 Headmaster: Dr. Edward J. Lindekugel www.






By Maria I. Morgan

I love fall. The morning air is crisp, the trees begin showing off their autumn wardrobe, and apple picking is once again a popular weekend activity here in north Georgia. But there’s another kind of fruit that’s in season all year-round - the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. While this fruit is familiar, by nature we’re pretty selfish, and our culture encourages a ‘me-first’ attitude. So how do we break away from selfishness?

The Source I remember attending a conference years ago and sitting in a session about structuring a daily quiet time. The speaker had a lot of great points, but what resonated with me the most was this statement: “If you’ve not been to the Source, you have nothing to give.”~ Conference Speaker The Lord knew exactly what I needed to hear. A lot of times I find

the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. John 15:5; KJV The truth is, without Christ, we can do nothing of eternal significance. When everything is smooth sailing, it’s much easier to respond with love and kindness, but let your keys get lost, or your child get hurt, and watch out – the test begins. Will you try to handle these situations on your own? Or will you yield to the Spirit so you can respond the right way?

The fruit When we stay connected to our Heavenly Father – through prayer and Bible study – notice that the verse in John 15 says we will “bring forth much fruit.” And that’s what pleases the Father. Take a look at verse 8: Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. John 15:8 As you enjoy this beautiful fall season, stay connected to the Savior and allow Him to make you outrageously fruitful.

But there’s another kind of fruit that’s in season all yearround - the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. myself trying to solve problems and fix situations in my own strength. You too? But without seeking the Lord and submitting to Him – even my best efforts fall short. When I spend time seeking God in His Word, and living out what He shows me, I can point others to Him – the Source with all the answers.

Stay connected The apostle John put it like this: I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, 52 MYFORSYTH.COM VOLUME VI | ISSUE 8

Your turn

Are you staying connected to the Lord so you have something to give others? What step will you take today to reconnect?

Can I pray for you?

Heavenly Father, thank You for reminding us we need to abide in You to produce fruit that will last forever. Forgive us when we try to do things in our own strength. Give us grace when we fail, and help us know and love You more. In Jesus’ name, Amen.



NON-DENOMINATIONAL Eastgate Church 2820 Brookwood Road | O: 770.888.8852 Sunday Morning Worship Times: 9:15 & 11:15am Pastors: Ron & Charla Nelson

BAPTIST Antioch Baptist Church 2465 Antioch Road O: 770.887.6900 Sunday School: 10am Sunday Service: 11am and 6pm AWANA: Sunday at 6pm Wednesday Bible Study: 7pm Pastor: Travis Bridgeman Berean Baptist Church 7110 Majors Road | 770-889-1302 Sunday Worship Service: 11:00am Classes for all ages: 10:00am Evening Service: 6:00pm Wednesday Bible Study: 7:00pm Children’s Clubs: 7:00pm Bob Baines, Pastor Cumming Baptist Church 115 Church Street | 770.205.6699 Sunday School: 9:30am Sunday Worship service: 10:50am Pastor: Dr. Barry Crocker First Baptist Cumming 1597 Sawnee Drive | 770.887.2428 Sunday Services: 9:30am Contemporary Worship Service & Bible Fellowship Groups 11am Traditional Worship Service & Bible Fellowship Groups Wednesday: 6:15pm AWANA Pastor: Dr. Bob Jolly First Redeemer Church 2100 Peachtree Pkwy. | 678.513.9400 Sunday Services: 9:15am – Contemporary Service (Auditorium) 10:45am – Blended Service (Auditorium) 9:00am & 10:45am; 6:30pm Bible Fellowship Jeff Jackson, Senior Pastor Greater Heights Baptist Church 3790 Post Road | 770.887.4802 Sunday School: 10am | Sunday Worship: 11am Sunday Evening: 5pm Wednesday Evening & AWANA: 7pm Pastor: Chris Grinstea

Longstreet Baptist Church 6868 Campground Road 770.889.1959 Sunday School: 10am Worship Service: 11am Wednesday night adult and youth activities North Lanier Baptist Church 829 Atlanta Highway | 770.781.5433 Bible Studies: 9:00am and 10:30am Celebration Worship Service: 11am (main auditorium) Hispanic Service: 10:30am (Activities Center) Refuge Baptist Church 3525 Pilgrim Mill Road 678.807.7746 Sunday Bible Study: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Services: 10:45 a.m., 6 p.m. Wednesday Prayer Service: 7 p.m.

EPISCOPAL St. Columba’s Church 939 James Burgess Road770.888.4464 Wednesday Services: 6:30 pm Saturdays Service: 5:30 pm Sunday Service: 7:45, 9 & 11:15am Rector: Father Tripp Norris Curate: Father Daron Vroon The Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit 724 Pilgrim Mill Road | 770.887.8190 Services: Thursdays 12 noon Sundays: 8:30 and 10:45am Rector: Keith Oglesby

GREEK ORTHODOX Saint Raphael, Nicholas, and Irene Greek Orthodox Church 3074 Bethelview Rd., 770.781.5250 Divine Liturgy every Sunday at 10 AM Pastor: Fr. Barnabas Powell

LUTHERAN Living Faith Lutheran Church, LCMS 1171 Atlanta Highway | 770.887.0184 Sunday School: 9:00am (all ages) Sunday Worship: 10:15am, 12:30pm (Korean) Wednesday Evening Fellowship Meal: 6:00pm Bible Study: 7:00pm (all ages) Pastor Tim Droegemueller facebook/livingfaithlutheranchurch


Christ The King Lutheran Church (Evangelical Lutheran Church In America) 1125 Bettis-Tribble Gap Rd., Cumming, Ga. 30040 O: 770.889.5328 | Sunday Worship Service: 8 & 11am (Traditional) 9am (Blended) Discipleship Hour: 10am (Sun. School)

OTHER Baha’is of Forsyth County 1-800-22-UNITE Canvas Christian Church 3560 Browns Bridge Road, 770-887-5542 Pastor Stan Percival Crossroads Church of the Nazarene 6160 Southard Trace | 678.807.9392 Sunday School: 10am Worship Service: 11am Castle Christian Church 3149 Old Atlanta Rd. | 678.648.5248 Sunday Worship: 10am Wednesday Bible Study: 7pm Senior Minister: Jason Rodenbeck Family By Faith Worship Center 4805 Atlanta Highway 678.230.4800Midway Elementary School, Nursery available) Small Groups: 9:30am | Worship: 10:30am Pastor: Randy Grimes The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 510 Brannon Road | 678.455.5290 (Hall Phone) Worship Service: 9am, 11:30am & 2pm LifePoint Christian Church 3140 Old Atlanta Road Sunday Small Groups: 9:00am Sunday Service: 10:30am Childcare available Pastor: Chris Stovall NewSong Community Church 433 Canton Road, Suite 306 770.888.5212 (Located across from Ingles, behind the National Guard in Building 300) Sunday Worship Service: 10:30am Pastor Case Koolhaas Rameshori Buddhist Center 130 Allen Road, Unit B 404.255.1585

PRESBYTERIAN Deer Creek Shores Presbyterian Church 7620 Lanier Drive | 770.887.6801 Sunday School: 9:45am (all ages) Sunday Worship Service: 11am (Traditional) Childcare available Pastor: John S. Martin email: Chalcedon Presbyterian Church 302 Pilgrim Mill Road 770.205.9390 | Sunday Worship: 11:00am Pastor Tim Price Parkway Presbyterian Church 5830 Bethelview Road 678.889.8694 Sunday: 8:45 am Traditional Worship 11:00 am Contemporary Worship Pastor Mike Austin www.parkway-church-org Parkway Church 5830 Bethelview Road 770.889.8694 (½ mile west of GA 400 exit 13) Sunday Traditional Service: 9am Sunday Contemporary Service: 11am (Childcare available for both services) Bill Ford, Senior Pastor email: The Vine Community Church 4655 Bethelview Road 678.990.9395 Sunday Services: 9 & 10:45am Wednesday: Middle and High School youth meet at 7:15 – 8:30pm Jon Adams, Pastor

ROMAN CATHOLIC Church of Good Shepherd 3740 Holtzclaw Road | 770.887.9861 Mass: Saturday Vigil: 5pm, Sundays:,7:30, 9 & 10:30am & 12 noon; 5:30pm, Spanish Mass: 1:30pm, Weekdays: 9am Father Frank, Pastor St. Brendan Catholic Church 4633 Shiloh Road | 770.205.7969 Mass: Saturday Vigil: 5pm Sunday: 7:30, 9 & 11am & 5pm, Spanish Mass: 1pm, Weekdays: 8:30am Fr. Matthew Van Smoorenburg, LC, Pastor Parochial Vicars: Fr. Joseph Ramos, LC and Fr. Juan Guerra



Looking for answers? We have a book with nothing but right answers. Psalm 119 has 176 verses all pointing to the Word of God and its law, precepts, commandments, testimonies, statutes, judgments, etc. For a number of years America has moved in and out of recession. Our National debt has surpassed the total debt of all the previous administrations. How did God advise Israel’s prophets to choose a leader (king) to govern? Without answers America is on a runaway train that we know will jump the track though we aren’t sure when and where. The valuable lesson God gave Israel was instruction against multiplying horses, wives and wealth. Biblical illustrations have an amazing way of using the unchangeable nature of animals, human behavior and the material earth to teach things every generation can understand. Daniel’s prophecy in the book of Daniel 7:3-7 uses the Lion (England?), the Eagle’s wings (America?), the Bear (Russia?) and the Leopard (Northern Africa?) to describe the nations who battle for world leadership. It sounds like naming sports teams, Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles. Bible study isn’t so difficult!

Moses final message in Deuteronomy 17:14-20 warns Israel how their chosen leadership is not to multiply horses. Horses represent military might, “. . . as the horse rusheth into the battle”, Jeremiah 8:6. “The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the Lord.” Proverbs 21:31. The strength of our tanks (horse power), missiles and sophisticated weapons will not deliver an America that forgets God. “. . . it may be that the Lord will work for us: for there is no restraint to the Lord to save by many or by few.” I Samuel 14:6. Without faith in the Lord military’s “horse power” can’t rescue us. Multiple wives were the practice of the nations surrounding Israel. The moral condition of a nation determines the measure of blessings bestowed by the Lord. “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all nations that forget God.” Psalm 9:17. Multiple marriages referred to in Matthew 24:38 described the world’s condition before it was destroyed by the flood and today’s troubled families. Stable homes are the responsibility of a mother who teaches young women to love their husbands and children, Titus 2:4. Fathers are to teach sons to honor their wife, I Peter 3:7. The number of broken homes in

America contributes to the violence of our young people. Multiplying silver and gold or wealth should be the result of God’s blessing not the result of economic solutions. “The blessings of the Lord, it maketh rich, and He addeth no sorrow with it.” Proverbs 10:22. Couples should teach their children free enterprise, labor that is fairly rewarded. “...the hand of the diligent maketh rich.” Proverbs 10:4. Jewish fathers believed that a man who doesn’t teach his son a trade teaches him to be a thief. Never have I seen so much confusion about who was worthy of our vote. Some thought Socialism was the solution. Socialism was the second “S” of the USSR whose philosophy was responsible for killing thousands of Christians. What belief are you supporting? The actual platform of the party of your candidate will reveal what the people in power are likely to do. The platform should agree with your faith. Remember, safety comes from the Lord not horse power. God will judge an immoral nation. Wealth without the blessing of God makes us feel rich without knowing we’re actually “. . . wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked . . .” Revelation 3:17-18.



UNITED METHODIST Bethelview United Methodist Church 4525 Bethelview Rd. | 770.887.4888 Sunday Worship Service: 10:30am (child care available) Pastor: Rev. Deborah Griffith Cumming First United Methodist Church 770 Canton Highway | 770.887.2900 Sunday Services: 8:45 & 11am (Traditional) Worship Services: 9:51am (Contemporary) 1:30pm ( Hispanic/Latino en Español) 9am (Lake Service (May-August) Dr. Jeff Ross, Senior Minister Lanier United Methodist Church 1979 Buford Highway | 770.887.0615 Sunday Traditional Service: 8:45am Sunday School: 10am Sunday Contemporary Praise Service: 11am (Nursery available for both services) Ted Miller, Pastor Midway United Methodist Church 5025 Atlanta Hwy. | 770.475.5230 Sunday: 8:30am – Historic Chapel (Traditional) Sunday: 9:45am – Sanctuary worship Sunday: 9:45am – “BLAST” Kids’ worship Sunday: 11:00am – Sanctuary worship Piedmont United Methodist Church 1170 Dahlonega Highway 770.887.0770 Bible Study: 10am & 5pm Traditional Service: 11am

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS BUSINESS NETWORKING Central Forsyth Leads Group Meeting: 2nd & 4th Tues: 11am—1pm Location: The Columns at Pilgrim, Mill Apartments Contact: Nancy Wright 770.886.0500 or Info: No fees. Open to all Forsyth Network for Business Professionals Meeting: Thur: 12:00pm – 1:00pm Location: Carrabba’s at The Collection 420 Peachtree Pkwy Contact: David Fountain | 770-627-2121 Info: Visit twice for free. $50 membership fee & $10 monthly. No occupation overlap. Call first.

Forsyth Network for Business Professionals Meeting: Thur: 11:30am – 12:30pm Location: Bello Italian Restaurant 101 Meadow Drive Contact: Tiffany Allen | 770.887.1962 Info: $50 membership fee & $10 monthly. Visit twice for free. No occupation overlap. Call first. The Inspiration Network of Cumming Meeting: 3rd Wed: 7 – 8:30pm Location: The Nurturing Nook, 205 Pilgrim Mill Road Contact: Leanne Temple 678.965.5969 Kiwanis Club of Cumming Meeting: Wednesdays 12pm – 1pm Location: Golden Coral 2025 Marketplace BLVD Cumming GA 30041 Member Power Networking Lunch Meeting: Every Tues. at 12 Noon Location: Various chamber member restaurants Contact: 770.887.6461 Info: $15 for members & $30 for non-members South Forsyth Leads Group Meeting: 2nd & 4th Wed: 11:30am (No fees) Location: Starbucks-141 & Ronald Reagan John’s Creek, 435 Peachtree Pkwy. Cumming, GA 30041 Contact: Robin Grier | 770.887.2772 Women Who Mean Business Meeting: 1st Tues. Registration: 7:30am Location: Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce Event’s Facility, 513 W. Maple Street Contact: 770.887.6461 Info: Free for members, $30 for nonmembers Register online at

CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS Health Center (CHC) Serving the medical needs of North Georgia since 1979. Horse Rescue, Relief & Retirement Fund, Inc. Contact: 770.886.5419 Humane Society of Forsyth County No-Kill Shelter Location: 4440 Keith Bridge Road Contact: 770.887.6480 Info: Non-profit, no-kill shelter for cats/dogs. www.


There’s Hope for the Hungry Contact: 678.513.9400 Info: Non-profit organization partnering with churches across North Georgia to feed those in need. Whispering Hope Resource & Pregnancy Center Location: 133 Samaritan Drive, Suite 306 Info: Non-profit organization dedicated to informing, educating, and providing an outstretched hand to women who face an untimely pregnancy Contact: 770.889.8302, Website:

CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS Rotary Club of South Forsyth Meeting: Wed: 12:15pm Location: Forsyth Conference Center 3410 Ronald Reagan Blvd Piecemakers Quilt Guild Meeting: 2nd Tues, 4th Tues is “sewcialbee” (community quilts, classes or just getting together) Location: Christ the King, Lutheran Church 1125 Bettis-Tribble Gap Road, Cumming www.piecemakersga.netw

SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS AA Cumming Meeting: Meets four times daily Location: Ingles Shopping Center at 432 Canton Highway (Hwy 20) Second suite on far left. 24/7 Line: 770.886.0696 Info: Group of Alcoholics Anonymous located in Forsyth County Holistic Moms Network – Forsyth County Monthly meetings with informational speakers, yoga group, play groups Meeting: 2nd Tues: 6:30pm Location: Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee House 5095 Post Road, Cumming Contact: Ann Linke Labrador Friends of the South, Inc. Location: PO Box 933, Cumming Contact:

Moms Club of Cumming – North Monthly meetings with informational speakers, park play days, holiday parties, fieldtrips, playgroups and a monthly MOMS Night Out. Contact: www. Moms Club of Cumming – Southwest Meeting: Last Tues. of each month Contact: NAMI Forsyth Dawson Lumpkin Meeting: 2nd & 4th Thursday 6:45 pm - 8:15 pm (support meetings for consumers and family members) Location: Forsyth County Senior Center, 595 Dahlonega Hwy, Cumming, Ga. 30040 Educational meeting: 3rd Tuesday 7 pm Location: United Way of Forsyth County, 240 Elm Str., Cumming, Ga. 30040 Contact: Website: Single Mom Meeting Connect with other single moms, learn about paths to higher education and get links to community resources. Light dinner provided and free on-site childcare/ homework help provided. Meeting: 2nd Thurs: 6:30pm Location: 210 Dahlonega St., Suite 203, Cumming Contact: Valerie Daniel Faith’s House, Inc. 770.205.6311 SMART Recovery Meeting: Every Tues: 6:30 p.m. Location: Professional Recovery Counseling, LLC. 107 W. Court house Sq., Suite 274



ALCOHOL/DRUG ABUSE REGENERATION PROGRAM No Longer Bound –pg. 53 770-886-7873 BOOK PUBLISHERS BookLogix Publishing Services, Inc. – pg. 61 770-346-9979 BOUTIQUE Bohemia – pg. 59 770-754-4455 BREW PUB/TAPROOM Cherry Street Brewing Co-Op – pg. 25 678-456-8189 CHIROPRACTIC CARE/SPORTS REHAB The Joint – Chiropractic Place – pg. 17 770-285-5747 collection-at-forsyth DANCE ACADEMY/INSTRUCTION Cumming Dance Academy – pg. 21 770-781-4922 DENTIST/DENTAL CARE Dentistry at Windermere – pg. 43 678-771-6492 Jordan Dentistry – pg. 42 770-888-6262 FURNITURE OUTLET Dawsonville Furniture Outlet – pg. 53 706-300-0746 GRAPHIC DESIGN Samantha Angeli – pg. 57 770-310-4486 HEALTH & FITNESS Purre Barre, Cumming – pg. 32 770-889-0735 HEATING/VENTILATION/AIR CONDITIONING Shelnutt HVAC – pg. 61 706-265-5854 INFLATABLES/BOUNCE HOUSES Better Moonwalks of Georgia – pg. 36 770-844-9978

JEWELRY STORE Gems In Art – pg. 19 770-844-8005 Lance’s Jewelry –Back Cover 770-781-5500 MASSAGE Massage Envy – pg. 9 678-208-2888/678-208-0680 NON-EMERGENCY TRANSPORTATION Caliber Care Transport – pg. 35 404-906-4647 PAINT & FLOORING Gregory’s Paint & Flooring – pg. 16 770-476-9651 Johns Creek 770-887-1363 Cumming PHOTOGRAPHY Adam Pendleton Photography – pg. 49 678-208-7077 PHYSICIANS/MEDICAL SERVICES Children’s at Forsyth –pg. 5 404-785-3100 Morrow Family Medicine – pg. 41 770-781-8004 Narendra Singh, MD – pg. 39 Atlanta Heart Specialists 678-679-6800; 770-622-1622

PROPERTY RESTORATION Grady Property Restoration Inside back Cover 404-620-9326 REAL ESTATE The Dinsmore Team – pg. 14 770-712-7789 RESTAURANTS /FOOD SERVICES/CATERING Casa Nuova – pg. 27 770-475-9100 Cinco Mexican Food – Inside Front Cover 678-341-6962 Lenny’s Subs – pg. 57 678-947-0336 Fax orders: 678-947-5343 Norman’s Landing – pg. 23 770-886-0100 Palapa’s Bar and Grill – pg. 23 770-889-1002 Rick Tanner’s Grille & Bar – pg. 37 770-205-5512 RETIREMENT/SENIOR LIVING Celebration Village – pg. 17 800-989-0966

Northside Hospital Forsyth – pg. 3 770-844-3200

Towne Club Windermere – pg. 13 770-844-7779

Obstetrics & Gynecology of Atlanta – pg. 43 404-252-1137

TREE COMPANY Georgia Tree Company – pg. 33 404-990-0010

Sharon Springs Dental – pg. 38 470-253-1747 PRIVATE SCHOOL Montessori Kids Academy – pg. 11678-208-0774 PROMOTIONAL PRODUCTS HPM Promotional Products – pg. 61 770-887-5414


WAREHOUSE/HOME/PATIO/DECOR Midway Warehouse – pg. 7 678-762-0444 WINDOWS/WINDOW TREATMENTS Creative Windows by Carol – pg. 36 770-753-0977

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ELECTED/ APPOINTED OFFICIALS UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT President Barack H. Obama (D) 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, D.C. 20500 O: 202.456.1414 E: Senator Johnny Isakson, (R) 131 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510 O: 202.224.3643 Senator David Perdue, (R) 383 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510 O: 202.224.3521 Congressman Doug Collins, (R), District 9 1504 Longworth H. O. B. Washington DC 20515 O: 202.225.9893 Georgia office: 770.297.3388 Congressman Rob Woodall, (R), District 7 1724 Longworth HOB Washington DC 20515 O: 202.225.4272 Georgia office: 770.232.3005 STATE GOVERNMENT Governor Nathan Deal (R) O: 404.652.7003 | F: 404.652.7123 Website: Lt. Governor Casey Cagle (R) O: 404.656.5030 Website: Senator Michael Williams (R), District 51 O: 404.656.7127 e-mail: Sen. Steve Gooch (R), District 51 O: 678.341.6203 | F: 770.844.5821 e-mail: Rep. Sheri Gilligan, (R), District 24 O: 404.656.0325 E: Rep. Mike Dudgeon (R), District 25 O: 770.887.0400 E: Rep. Kevin Tanner (R), District 9 O: 404.656.0152 E:




Mayor Henry Ford Gravitt Cumming City Hall 100 Main St., Cumming, GA 3040 O: 770.781.2010

Forsyth County Board of Commissioners 110 East Main Street, Suite 210 Cumming, GA 30040 O: 770.781.2101 | F: 770.781.2199 County Manager Doug Derrer O:770.781.2101 | F: 770.781.2199 COMMISSIONERS R.J. (Pete) Amos, District 1 (R) O: 678.513.5881 | E: rjamos@ Brian R. Tam, District 2 (R) O: 678.513.5882 E: Todd Levent, District 3 (R) O: 770.781.2101 E: Cindy Mills, District 4 (R) O: 678.513.5884 E: Jim Boff, District 5 (R) O: 678.513.5885 E: Forsyth County Tax Commissioner Matthew C. Ledbetter O: 770.781.2110 FORSYTH COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Sheriff Duane K. Piper 475 Tribble Gap Road, Suite 200 Cumming GA 30040 O: 770.781.3045 | Dispatch: 770.781.3087 FORSYTH COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM Dr. Jeff Bearden, Superintendent 1120 Dahlonega Highway, Cumming O: 770.887.2461 BOARD OF EDUCATION Ann Crow, District 1 (R) O: 770.490.6316 E: Kristin Morrissey, District 2 (R) O: 678-250-4047 E: Tom Cleveland, District 3 (R) O: 770.657.0810 E: Darla Light, District 4 770.887.0678 E: Nancy Roche, Chairperson, District 5 (R) 770.889.0229 E:


Cumming City Council Members Quincy Holton, Lewis Ledbetter, Christopher Light, Linda Ledbetter and Charles F. Welch, Jr.

COMMUNITY NUMBERS EMERGENCY — 911 HOTLINES — 24 HOUR HELP LINES Battered Women Hotline 770.479.1703 Poison Control Center (Atlanta) 404.616.9000 Outside Metro Atlanta 800.222.1222 Rite-Call (Child Medical Problems) 404.250.KIDS Sexual Assault & Family Violence Ctr. 770.428.2666 MEDICAL Georgia Highlands Medical Services 770.887.1668 | 260 Elm Street Northside Hospital — Forsyth 1200 Northside Forsyth Drive 770.844.3200 | Neighborhood Healthcare Center 2825 Keith Bridge Road 770.844.7494 | 770.886.7135 Health Department 428 Canton Highway | 770.781.6906 FIRE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT City of Cumming Police Department 301 Veterans Memorial Boulevard 770.781.2000 | Forsyth County Fire Department 3520 Settingdown Road 770.781.2180 | Georgia State Patrol | 770.205.5400

Cumming Fairgrounds 235 Castleberry Road | 770.781.3491 Windermere Park 3355 Windermere Parkway 770. 781.2215 GOLF CLUBS Chestatee Golf Club 777 Dogwood Way, Dawsonville |06.216.7336 Country Land Golf Course 6560 Mayfield Drive | 770.887.0006 Polo Golf & Country Club 6300 Polo Club Dr. | 770.887.7656 Windermere Golf Club 5000 Davis Love Dr. | 678.513.1000 FORSYTH COUNTY MARINAS Bald Ridge Marina 1850 Bald Ridge Marina Road 770.887.5309 Habersham Marina 2200 Habersham Marina Road 770.887.5432 Port Royale Marina 9200 LanMar Road, Gainesville | 770.887.5715 YMCA 6050 Y Street | O: 770.888.2788 POST OFFICE 525 Tribble Gap Road O: 770.886.2388 UTILITIES City of Cumming O: 770.781.2020 Forsyth County Water & Sewer Department 110 East Main Street O: 770.781.2160 AT&T Res: 888.757.6500 Bus: 866.213.6300 Georgia Power (Electric) O: 888.660.5890 Sawnee Electric Membership O: 770.887.2363



770.781.9840 |

Advanced Disposal/Eagle Point Landfill 8880 Old Federal Road, Ball Ground O: 770.887.6063 | www.

Cumming Public Library 585 Dahlonega Road Hampton Park Library 5345 Settingdown Road Post Road Library | 5010 Post Road Sharon Forks Branch 2810 Old Atlanta Road PARKS AND RECREATION City of Cumming Main Number 410 Pilgrim Mill Road | 770.781.2030 Central Park Office | 770.781.2215 Central Park Recreation Center 2300 Keith Bridge Road | 678.455.8540

Olde Atlanta Recycling LLC 2535 Ivy Street East O: 770.205.6912 Waste Management, Inc. 774 McFarland Road, Alpharetta 770.751.1304 | RECYCLING Keep Forsyth County Beautiful O: 770.205.4573














Vol vi issue 8  

Take a look at Forsyth County's Women in Business, Middle School Girls an All-Boys World, Health and Wellness, Faith and much more. Happy re...

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